Well time for an update, time flies when you get very busy doing the things that we enjoy. Over the last few months, a lot has happened. We are busy and have not updated the website which is not such a great plan.
So Jane has been extremely busy at the loom. She wove a set of tea towels just before Christmas, and they all sold extremely quickly. Currently she is creating another set. In August she also participated in the art expo. The scarf and wrap shown below were part of this work. The work she put in included alpaca / silk items, merino double weave and chenille / tencel.
From the workshop side it has been quite busy with sorting out the storage and making sure everything has a place. This is to combat my natural tendencies to stack against walls…which makes the workshop smaller and less tidy. So extra storage racks, turning cupboards into drawers, and generally sorting things out has really started to make the workshop a nice place to work.
Some of you maybe aware that JointWorks Studio is situated the original Tasman Store. Our building was built around 1913 or 1914. After 100 years or so of use the building was getting quite tired, and in need of some love and attention. In June 2016 we decided the time was right to a few things right.
The trouble with putting a few things right, is that often one thing leads to another… and then maybe another. As a result the studio is now fabulous. And it should be as it has had a full makeover!
For those who are interested in these matters here is a list of repairs
The work was quite extensive and a condition of consent was to put in a mobility impaired car park and ramp. During the rebuild, our gardens were damaged so we have replaced all the gardens as well. Overall the building and grounds are looking great.
Jane has been in the studio for about 6 weeks. She has found it very light, airy and welcoming and because of the repairs, our work looks superb.
Funnily enough the most commented item about the studio is the floor, which is particle board with a 10 mm oak tongue and groove timber overlay. It is quite an interesting floor as we used all locally grown okay, so there is a mixture of english, silky and pin oak to name a few.
It has been such a long time since I last wrote – where to begin!! There has been plenty of wood working and weaving projects completed over winter. But now spring is definitely in the air and I thought I would share with you what’s been happening – three things in particular.
Tasman Sculpture. This has been a project involving a lot of effort on the part of several artists and craftsman in the Tasman area. Fundraising had to be done and it has taken two years to complete. Last week was the opening of this nine meter high sculpture. Which is made of stainless steel with native bird cut outs. The sculpture I think even though it sounds large it seems to appear to fit into the landscape and enhance it. Early on the morning of the opening which was to be speeches and then BBQ – quite an event! Tony noticed that there appeared to be flags flying on the top of it. But as he got closer he realised that someone had placed road cones on the top. Hmm… after thinking that it must have been quite a logistic feat!! thought they had to come down which he managed to do. Makes for quite a story.
Ruby Coast Arts 2015-16 trail map. This has just been published which is a colourful and easy to follow map of the artists in our area and there are a few new members from last year. It also contains the dates for the two art trails that are held each year. I always feel quite proud when I hand them out to people showing them what the area has to offer.
Nelson Art Expo 2015. This is on Labour weekend which is only a week away. A lot of work that Tony and I have been doing recently has been for this event. There is going to be around 170 artists displaying their work and a lot of them will be there ready to chat about their inspirations and processes. Hopefully we will get some images up of how it all looks. It will be an exciting busy weekend as we will also still have our studio open. Tony and I will be alternating between the two places hopefully we will be able to catch up in the middle.